Chicken phrases, idioms, references and words

Chicken Staff

In the Brooder
8 Years
Oct 4, 2011

I'm new to BYC and this has probably already been posted sometime in the past. I, my friends and family have come up with as list of chicken related phrases, idioms, words and references that you might find amusing. Please feel free to add to the list. Have fun!

Don’t count your chickens until they hatched.
Rule the roost
Pecking order
I don’t want to ruffle your feathers
Chicken legs
Tastes like chicken
Good egg
Have egg on one’s face
Lay an egg
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket
Walking on eggshells
Nest egg
The sky is falling
As scarce as hens’ teeth
Fly the coop
Stick in your craw
Something to crow about
Coming home to roost
Feather the nest
Mother hen
Raise your hackles
Have to break eggs to make an omelet
Chicken scratch
Spring chicken
Getting up with the chickens
Cock o the Walk
Birds of a feather flock together
Running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off
Dumb cluck
Playing chicken
Chicken or the egg?
Hot chicks
Bantam Weight
Feathers were flying
Chicken poop
Empty nest
Funky chicken
Chicken fat
Chicken feed
Bad egg
Stop Clucking Around
We're BAWK
Hen can we meet you?
What the Cluck?!

We've come up with more.. But my fiance and my BFF and I all have a lot of fun coming up with these
Thomas Tusser wrote about farming and animal husbandry in Five Hundred Points of Husbandry in the 1500's (and ALL in rhyme!).

He had this to say:

Now out of the matter this lesson I had
Concerning Cockcrowing what profit is had
Experience teacheth as true as a clock
how Winter nightes passeth by marking the Cocke.
At midnight one Cocke croweth timely, but fix
with pause to his neighbor to answer betwixt.
At three a clocke thicker, and then as ye knowe,
like all in to mattens nere day do they crowe.
At midnight, at three, and an houre ere day
cockes crow in their language, and thus they do say:

If noise ye do here, look al things be clere.

Takes some translating of course but I think the basic theme is pay attention to your roosters; if their crowing is regular, they're doing their job as protectors. If something changes, then something may be amiss and you'd better check your flock. Poultry keepers who have roosters, do I have that right?

Our first chicks come tomorrow! So excited!
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